BWA spectrum auction ends, Infotel wins pan-India licence

11 Jun

After 16 days of bidding for the BWA spectrum licence, the auctions have ended today and the government is expected to raise approx Rs 38,540 crore from the sale of pan-India BWA spectrum. The total revenue that the government will rake-in together from the sale of BWA and 3G licence is nearly Rs 1.05 lakh crore.

Bharti Airtel, Reliance WiMax, Idea Cellular, Aircel, Augere Mauritius Ltd, Infotel Broadband Services, Qualcomm, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications Internet Services, Tikona Digital Networks and Vodafone Essar had participated in the BWA auctions. But unlike 3G auctions where no single carrier could get hold of a pan-India 3G licence, Infotel has won a pan-India BWA licence for Rs 12,847.77 crore. The company is a venture of HFCL Group and was launched in Punjab in 2000. Infotel offers solutions for fixed line telephony (telephone services), mobile telephony, broadband services, customized data services and VAS.

Shockingly out of these 11 companies, 5 companies – Reliance WiMax, Idea Cellular, Spice Internet Service Provider, Tata Communications and Vodafone Essar did not get BWA licence for even a single circle.

State owned operators – BSNL and MTNL, had received their share of BWA spectrum earlier from the government. Since these operators did not pay anything when they had received the spectrum, they are now liable to pay the same amount that shall be paid by other private operators.

To know more on which operator will be present in which circle and how much are each of these operators are entitled to pay to the government, check out the table below:

  Operator No of circles in which it will be present   Name of the circles     Amount spent  (Rupees in crores)
    Infotel            22 Pan-India presence 1,2847.77
    Qualcomm              4 Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana 4,219.54
    Aircel              8 J&K, North East, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal, Tamil, Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar 3,438.01
    Bharti Airtel              4 Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata, Punjab 3,314.36
Augere Mauritius Ltd. 1 Madhya Pradesh 124.66
Tikona Digital Networks 5 Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh East and West, Gujarat 1,058.20

No Responses to “BWA spectrum auction ends, Infotel wins pan-India licence”

  1. mausam June 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi kanak

    I am new to this site and just wanted to know what exactly is BWA spectrum..You are an expert , you can explain to me comprehensively. Interstingly we share same sir name but i dont have even iota of info which you possess (lol)

  2. RajeeV June 12, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    Now tht Infotel hav been brought over by Elder bro Mukesh it will b interesting 2 see how both brothers figth it out 🙂

  3. Thakur June 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Mausam,
    BWA spectrum will enable high speed wireless internet.
    Also, Kanak the amount the amount that Infotel spent is lot more than the amount that you have stated. You may have switched the amount with Qualcomm’s bid

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